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post #61 of 77
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Originally Posted by alpine_wonder View Post
SLC is out cause i do not think i want to live within the mormon culture.
Yeah, it's rough living within the mormon culture.: More importantly, the skiing is below average, the whole state is "dry" and the slopes are crowded like K-mart. You don't want to come here.
post #62 of 77
spaceman you didn't say how old you are. If you are under 25 and single DO IT NOW! If you are 30ish+ it may be too late for you. If you wait you will likely have a mortgage, spouse, "career", kid(s), bills, etc. and you will be done.

As far as jobs go you won't get any if you aren't there. Personally I would try to save up enough to live through the season with minimal work. That can get in the way of your priorities. The jobs with the most skiing flexibility go fast and are in high demand. Restaurant work tends to be available though.

Not bumming for a season or two is one of my biggest regrets.
post #63 of 77
Thread Starter 
im 24... i think id be more inclined to work in europe at a crap job just because i could enjoy the culture and roam.. where as if im still in the states i would like some sort of decent pay... not necessarily though...

still contemplating!
post #64 of 77

First, you make a million dollars...

...better make that five million. Then you move to the ski town of your choice, buy a condo, a season pass, and a 15 year old pickup with a bunch of logs in the back and a Siberian so you can blend in with the locals....seriously, I ski bummed for 11 years (Stowe and Summit County, CO) in the Seventies and early Eighties...I think...and I finally got the joke, which is the days of washing dishes, teaching skiing part time, and mostly skiing are over for economic reasons...
post #65 of 77
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Originally Posted by spacemanspiff View Post
im 24... i think id be more inclined to work in europe at a crap job just because i could enjoy the culture and roam.. where as if im still in the states i would like some sort of decent pay... not necessarily though...

still contemplating!

Go to Europe, young man.

I will be teaching in Switzerland during Winter holiday.

I understand that Eastern Europe is an excellent opportunity for English speakers.

Eastern Europe is rumored to have some excellent ski schools run by expatriate North Americans.

Although I have not yet skied beyond Slovenia, I know several young

people who instruct in Eastern Europe. They return every season.


Hem
post #66 of 77
Oh MY....becoming a ski bum is easy.

Now stopping becoming a ski bum....uh....not so easy.

Go anywhere you want....I have never been to a ski town that isn't looking for some kind of help.
post #67 of 77
Thread Starter 
is there any sort of websites you could recommend for me to find a job, i would much prefer to have a job in hand than just run off to europe with a backpack and a prayer!
post #68 of 77
I'll offer my two cents and say to all those aspiring ski bums that you may want to check out Summit County Colorado.
Pros - 6 ski areas within a half hour - 45 min drive (including Vail/BC).
More affordable than most other resort areas (I just bought a place of my own in Breck). Cheap season pass to five separate mountains. Pretty reliable snow living close to 10,000 feet. Employers expect you to ski as much as you can as they understand that is why we all live here (but then again I do work with the ski industry). 1-1.5 hr drive to Boulder and Denver for when you get cabin fever. Yes kids, it is possible to have a "real" job, AND ski 70 days a season (on a good year).

Cons - Lack of available/attractive women. Hordes of city gapers inundating Summit County on the weekends (but there are more women though) - that is all I can think of right now.
post #69 of 77
is 30+ really too old/too late to become a ski bum? (I'm 39).

also, i've noticed people talking about low-end jobs (dishwashers) and mid-to-high end jobs (like finance), what about those of us with incredibly specialized skills (for example, I'm an entertainment critic who writes about pop music, film, and pop culture). My family owns a cabin in Tahoe and the local papers there are pretty, how shall we say, local.

has anybody here given up the proverbial 9-to-5 and snagged a job other than dishwasher or in finance (or ski instructor)? if so, toss out some pointers.
post #70 of 77
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Originally Posted by Element178 View Post
I'll offer my two cents and say to all those aspiring ski bums that you may want to check out Summit County Colorado.
Pros - 6 ski areas within a half hour - 45 min drive (including Vail/BC).
More affordable than most other resort areas (I just bought a place of my own in Breck). Cheap season pass to five separate mountains. Pretty reliable snow living close to 10,000 feet. Employers expect you to ski as much as you can as they understand that is why we all live here (but then again I do work with the ski industry). 1-1.5 hr drive to Boulder and Denver for when you get cabin fever. Yes kids, it is possible to have a "real" job, AND ski 70 days a season (on a good year).

Cons - Lack of available/attractive women. Hordes of city gapers inundating Summit County on the weekends (but there are more women though) - that is all I can think of right now.

You're 30 and you already bought a house in Breckenridge? Did you win the lottery?
post #71 of 77
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Originally Posted by spacemanspiff View Post
is there any sort of websites you could recommend for me to find a job, i would much prefer to have a job in hand than just run off to europe with a backpack and a prayer!

If you require a website and a commitment from a potential employer

before they meet you, maybe The Alps aren't your best fit.

I can put you in touch with North Americans who work in Europe, including two who run schools there.


Hem
post #72 of 77
I live in SLC and love it! I work in a bar down town, ski like 6 days a week.
Snowbird is fun place to work. I think they are doing a job fair next week. Check there web. Being a ski bum in Utah rocks. Goood luck
post #73 of 77
mattchuck2 - Not a house, a condo. That's the only way for a working person to get in the resort real estate market in CO.
post #74 of 77
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Originally Posted by Element178 View Post
mattchuck2 - Not a house, a condo. That's the only way for a working person to get in the resort real estate market in CO.
Plus less outside work = more ski time
post #75 of 77
Just do it before something happens and plans change. Stay healthy. I had my ski bum life all ready. a job @ Vail, new truck ,houseing .then two days before I was to head west I tripped over my Tools and smashed my shoulder. Two years and a 3rd surgery coming up I,m still sitting on Cape Cod dreaming of the day.
OOOOOOOOO my god is that spell check ? No more tormenting me on my horrible spelling. I'll start posting again YAA
post #76 of 77
You can leave d.c. but don't ever stop being a skins fan. Pretty soon you'll spend more time on ski forums than extremeskins.com. Nothing wrong with that
post #77 of 77
Thread Starter 
love the skins... thats never gonna change
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